Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Where Have The Home Runs Gone?

Mark Hale at The New York Post, writes about the Mets and their sudden departure from power hitting:

Entering yesterday, the Mets were tied with Colorado for 13th in the NL, with only the Cubs and Giants hitting fewer. The Mets have four starting players - Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Moises Alou and Jose Valentin - who have yet to homer.

What's more, the Mets have gone homer-less in eight of their 11 games after hitting 200 homers last season, fourth in the NL.One reason for this homer hibernation, according to hitting coach Rick Down, has been the brutal weather.

"That's a big part of it," Down said.But how much does the weather excuse fly? While the Mets aren't hitting homers, other teams are, both around the NL and in games against the Mets. In their 11 games, the Mets have served up 11 homers. And over the last five games, the Mets hit zero homers, while they allowed a combined seven to the Phillies and Nationals.

Wright believes that in the last five games at home, "We hit some balls pretty good. Just the conditions were tough. We faced some good pitching.

"But I don't think it has anything to do with the hitters on our team. I think the home runs will come."

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